Microplastics discovered in human blood

For the first time scientists have brought into light microplastics in human blood and they have also warned that omnipresent particles could be making their way into different organs also

Environment International Journal  have found microplastic from the blood samples of 22 anonymous, healthy volunteers and found microplastics in nearly 80% of them. Half of the blood sample showed trails of PET plastic which is used widely to make drink bottles, while more than a third had polystyrene which are used for disposable food containers. Dick Vethaak, ecotoxicologist at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam phrases “our study is the first indication that we have polymer particles in our blood – it’s a breakthrough result”. He also mentioned that there could be other kind of plastics which were larger than the diameter of the needle that have been used as samples.

The study said that microplastics could have entered the body by dint of food, water, air and also from daily products like lip gloss, toothpaste, and tattoo ink which can cause damage to human cells. More effects of microplastics in human blood are yet unknown.

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